What is Lumbar Spine Arthritis?
Lumbar spine arthritis is the most common problem that leads to different symptoms. This is mostly observed in the older people, but can affect all age groups. The following people are more prone for having arthritis of lumbar spine.
- Obese individuals
- People with previous spine injuries
- Older patients
- Heavy laborers
Where does Spine Arthritis occur?
Lumbar spine arthritis occurs in the joints which connect each vertebrae or spinal segment. In three places, these vertebrae are connected. The vertebrae are split by the spinal disc which is cushion like, in front of the spine. Behind the spine, vertebrae are connected by facet joints i.e., small joints. The facet joints along with spinal disc, helps in spine movements which includes, arching the back, bending and twisting sideways.
Spinal movements become stiff and painful, as the facet joints become arthritic. This is often seen with other spine disorders like,
The discs wear out, as the facet joints wear out in spine arthritic conditions. Often, facet arthritis proceeds with the lumbar spine disc disorders.
Often, this is seen with lumbar spine arthritis patients. As lumbar spine arthritis progress, nerves become pinched, thus leads to spinal stenosis symptoms. These symptoms can include numbness, difficulty in walking, tingling and, leg pain.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spine Arthritis:
Lumbar Spine Arthritis often causes lumbar pain and stiffness in lower back. Often patients observe that their back is stiff in early hours as they get out of bed and can become loose over the course of day. Often, these symptoms worsen with strenuous and prolonged activity.
When arthritis of lumbar facet joint worsens, tissues swell from inflammation, nerves around the joints become pinched and, joints form bone spurs. This condition is called as spinal stenosis, that is often seen in lumbar arthritis patients. They feel the common spinal stenosis symptoms.